Pastel Sweater: 3 Ways

We are experiencing a heat wave here in Pittsburgh. Temps are in the 40s to 50s this week, and that in itself made it feel like the right time to break out the spring wardrobe. For me, spring dressing this year means pastels. I can’t get enough! Currently, I am on the hunt for a pair of pink pastel jeans or corduroys. Any recommendations?

Pastels surprisingly present a lot of outfit options. Since we are not out of the woods as far as cooler temps, I thought I’d start by styling this great cashmere sweater I got for Christmas this year. Here are just three of the many ways you can wear pastels this spring.

Charter Club cashmere sweater /  Gap pants / Payless shoes / Illy Couture necklace 

1. Wear Pastels with White: I am pretty sure everyone has stopped abiding by the don’t wear white before memorial day rule so it’s safe to say that you don’t have to worry about that. If you find the right fabric and the right shade of white, it can actually work really well with a pastel. These pants from Gap are more of an off white and they are a corduroy material so they pair very nicely with this cashmere sweater. Just make sure not to go with that really starch white that most summer jeans feature.

Charter Club cashmere sweater / Thrifted Ann Taylor pants / Nine West shoes / H&M blouse 

2. Wear Pastels with Brights: Pastels can be a great contrast to brights. Think of pastels as almost like a neutral in this scenario. They both bring out the best in the other color. I think these particular colors — lavender and blue — really go nicely together to begin with and create an interesting dynamic in these particular shades. I also tried to keep the rest of the outfit fairly toned down with these fabulous Ann Taylor pants that I got at Goodwill.

Charter Club cashmere sweater / The Limited skirt / Thrifted Ralph Lauren shirt / Halogen boots 

3. Wear Pastels with Deep Colors: I definitely think of this skirt as a fall/winter skirt. It’s maroon color complements a lot of the deeper and richer colors of fall and winter nicely. Surprisingly, it pairs well with this pastel purple too. I think the key here was choosing two colors that fall into the same color family of purple. I layered this great thrifted Ralph Lauren blouse underneath to add an interesting pattern to the mix.

Les Mis in Pastels

Details: Gap Sweater / Talbots Skirt via Avalon ($10!) / Nine West Shoes via TJ Maxx / J.Crew Factory Necklace / Target Bangles

I attended the Pittsburgh performance of Les Misérables yesterday. I loved it! Admittedly, I only became a fan of the musical after seeing the movie. So as you can imagine, I was very excited to see the live performance. When the tickets came up on Groupon, I snatched them up.  Even after I could not get anyone to go with me, I decided that I didn’t care going alone.

Going to an event like that alone is such a different experience. If you’re late or if you cry, only the strangers sitting next to you know about it, which is how I prefer it. I don’t want anyone I know seeing me as I cry during the finale “Do You Hear the People Sing?” You also have a heightened awareness of the people around you. I loved the older gentlemen on my right who fist pumped to the opening drums and the younger man on my left who was mouthing the words to “Do You Hear the People Sing?” at the finale. He understood why I was crying! Have you ever attended an event alone?

If you are lacking the confidence to attend an event alone, wearing a polished look will help. I was waiting for the right ocassion to wear this Talbots skirt I scored at Avalon for $10. The sunny day we had Sunday and the fact that it was a matinee, made this the perfect choice. I love the way the light yellow looks with this equally sweet mint green. Do you pair your pastels together?

Wear to Work: Pastels and Jewel Tones

Details: J.Crew blouse via Avalon / Land’s End Canvas skirt /Gap cardigan and belt / Michael Kors watch (gift) / Jones New York sandals via Avalon

As summer winds down, I find it harder and harder to come up with new and different outfits. I tried livening up my summer palate by mixing this pastel skirt with a jewel tone top. These hues aren’t usually paired together, but I think the key is to wear colors that would normally go together, such as fuchsia and blue. The colors are an interesting twist, and I just love the romantic ruffle of this blouse paired with the fullness of this skirt. Also, I have been obsessed with the Olympics. Have you been watching?